The Green School for Girls

Let your
Light shine

Matthew 5:16

Mathematics

Head of Maths Mr J Anderson 

Associate Head of Maths Mr M Sangha

CURRICULUM VISION

Our intent is to help students become comfortable with being uncomfortable by the increased content and variety of problem solving questions that is currently involved in the curriculum of Mathematics; so all students can reach their personal and academic potential.

 In particular our students will:

  • be inspired by the high quality of teaching and learning that is provided by their teachers who will work tirelessly to get the best out of their students 
  • develop the core values of respect and willingness to assist others, in a classroom environment that  helps pupils understand that mistakes are a natural part of the learning process 
  • develop their mathematical skills and ability to answer problem solving questions that involve a variety of different topics
  • be able to explain  where certain mathematical concepts and formulae come from so they have a better understanding of how to approach particular questions
  • become independent, inquisitive learners that are regularly revisiting topics they have previously studied
  • learn to collaborate effectively with their peers both inside and outside of the classroom

What is Mathematics?

Mathematics is the study of processes using numbers and symbols developed over 5000 years ago. Branches of Mathematics include algebra, geometry, numeracy and data handling.  Students will gain opportunities to develop problem and decision making skills in real life contexts.

Why do we study Mathematics?

Mathematics is a universal part of human culture. It is the tool and language of commerce, engineering and other sciences – physics, computing, biology etc. It helps us recognise patterns and to understand the world around us. Mathematics plays a vital, often unseen, role in many aspects of modern life, for example:

  • space travel 
  • safeguarding credit card details on the internet 
  • modelling the spread of epidemics 
  • predicting stock market prices
  • business decision making

As society becomes more technically dependent, there will be an increasing requirement for people with a high level of mathematical training. Analytical and quantitative skills are sought by a wide range of employers. Competency in Mathematics can leads to careers that are exciting, challenging and diverse in nature.

Mathematics is an exciting and challenging subject which continues to develop at a rapid rate across many research areas. It has a natural elegance and beauty. Taking a real world problem and creating and applying mathematical models to aid understanding is often hugely satisfying and rewarding.

What do we study? 

 At Key Stage 3 we aim to encourage pupils’ thinking skills by first consolidating knowledge gained at KS2 and then providing them with opportunities to develop fluency, reasoning, and problem solving.

At GCSE we aim to develop skills needed for both working life and continuing education. This is done by exposing students to abstract ideas and giving them opportunities to lead their own learning.

In the Sixth form students can choose to continue studying Mathematics including Mechanics and Statistics.

To view a full summary of our KS3 and KS4 Mathematics curriculum please click here

To view information about A-level Mathematics at the Green School Sixth Form please click here

CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION

How do we study Mathematics? 

Mathematics is studied using a combination of resources. We have text books which follow the syllabi, but we frequently add to these by using a combination of www.mymaths.co.uk, worksheets, practical applications of Maths and mini projects

Presentation of Work 

Students complete their class work in black or blue pen. However green pen is used for self, assessment, peer assessment and responding to teacher feedback. Although we encourage students to make important notes in different colours, we do not allow the pupils to use red pens in their books as that is reserved for teacher feedback. We encourage students to draw diagrams using a ruler and a pencil to ensure work is neat and mistakes can be easily corrected. Students are also required to write and underline the date, title and learning objective in their books at the beginning of every lesson. The title or margin of the page where home learning is completed on, should be highlighted before being submitted for marking.

Home Learning

Home learning is used to further develop and consolidate the concepts taught in class. This will consist of both written assignments and online tasks that are completed throughout the year. We predominantly use MathsWatch for online activities and past exam questions for written tasks.

Co - curricular activities

We run a puzzle club every Tuesday lunchtime to develop the pupils' problem solving.

A selection of students from year 7 – 13 also take part in the UKMT Individual Maths Challenge.

How parents/carers can support their children

  • ensure students are fully equipped for their Maths lessons
  • check they are completing home learning regularly
  • where possible, help your daughter realise the importance of Maths in the real world
  • look through your daughter’s book and have conversations about their level engagement and effort in lessons
  • give your daughter positive encouragement if she is finding Maths difficult. Remember practice makes progress!

Recommended Reading

  • KS3 Maths Collins Revision Guide
  • KS4 CGP Revision Guide and Workbook
  • Fermat's Last Theorem by Simon Singh
  • Mathematics in the Simpsons by Simon Singh

    Recommended reading for KS3:
    • 'The Simpsons and their Mathematical Secrets' by Simon Singh
    • 'Alex's Adventures in Numberland' by Alex Bellos
    • 'Fermat's Last Theorem' by Simon Singh
    • '17 Equations That Changed the World' by Ian Stewart

    Recommended reading for KS4:

    • 'The Music of the Primes' by Marcus Du Sautoy
    • '17 Equations That Changed the World' by Ian Stewart
    • 'Alex's Adventures in Numberland' by Alex Bellos

CURRICULUM IMPACT

Assessment

Students in years 7 to 10 will have at least three departmental assessments each year. Year 11 students will have two official mocks that consist of three papers each to help them prepare for their final examinations.

Year 12 and 13 students are regularly assessed over the course each year.

Careers Leading on from Mathematics

Statistician
Engineer 
Doctor
Actuary
Logistics
Accountant
Astronomer
Banking
Economist
Architect

To view more information about our school Careers programme please click here.